Kentucky Wins Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development

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Kentucky Wins Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development
National magazine honors Kentucky for creating new jobs, securing investments

FRANKFORT Ky. (June 3, 2015) – The Commonwealth is receiving more national recognition for its growing economy.

Gov. Steve Beshear today announced Area Development magazine, a leading economic development trade publication, has recognized Kentucky with a Silver Shovel Award, recognizing the Commonwealth as one of the most successful states in creating jobs and securing investments in 2014.

“Kentucky’s economy is on a roll,” said Gov. Beshear. “Receiving the Silver Shovel Award is not only a great honor, but it is also a testament to how our communities and workforce have created a culture where businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries can succeed.”

In the summer 2015 issue, Area Development magazine awarded Silver Shovels in four population categories, with Kentucky’s honor coming in the 3-to-5 million population tier. The awards are based on a state’s top 10 job-creation and investment projects that began to materialize in the previous year. Kentucky’s top projects resulted in nearly 4,000 new and retained jobs and more than $1 billion in investments.

The Silver Shovel is the latest good news for Kentucky economy. Last year, companies announced the most business investment in the Commonwealth since the state began tracking that information nearly 30 years ago. In March, the Commonwealth earned Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup award for the most economic development projects per capita in 2014.

“The states and their communities receiving 2015 Shovel Awards have proven that they understand the makings of successful economic development strategies,” said Geraldine Gambale, editor of Area Development. “They deserve special recognition for their efforts to grow their economies and provide well-paying jobs in a time of intense competition for new investment.”

The projects that made Kentucky a winner with Area Development include the following:

• Aleris Rolled Products (Lewisport): 743 retained jobs, $350 million investment
• Champion Petfoods (Auburn): 147 jobs, $85.3 million investment
• Diageo Americas Supply (Bagdad): 31 jobs, $115 million investment
• eBay (Walton): 354 jobs, $52 million investment
• Faurecia Seating (Simpsonville): 410 jobs, $18.8 million investment
• Ford Motor Company (Louisville): 650 jobs, $209 million investment
• Kindred Healthcare (Louisville): 400 jobs, $35.7 million investment
• Metalsa (Elizabethtown): 247 jobs, $70.4 million investment
• Quiver Ventures (Bowling Green): 80 jobs, $155.9 million investment
• TPUSA Inc. (Louisville): 750 jobs, $13.3 million investment

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DHL Express Plans $108 Million Expansion in Northern Kentucky

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DHL Express Plans $108 Million Expansion in Northern Kentucky

International logistics leader’s investment will support future growth


FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 28, 2015) – Kentucky’s position as the center of global logistics is becoming stronger.


Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that DHL Express plans to invest $108 million to expand its hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).


DHL, a leading global logistics company, also plans to create up to 50 new jobs.


“DHL Express continues to be a valuable resource in the Commonwealth, not only for our strong logistics network, but also for the northern Kentucky community,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’ve been proud to celebrate DHL’s growth during my time as Governor, and I look forward to seeing the company’s continued success in Kentucky for years to come.”


The expansion will allow DHL to grow its aircraft fleet and international express volumes. The company plans to add new aircraft gates, further automation, storage warehouse space.


The DHL Express global hub sits at the heart of the DHL U.S. network, with flights connecting customers from more than 220 countries and territories worldwide to every corner of the United States. In addition to global hubs in Hong Kong and Germany, the CVG hub completes the backbone of the DHL intercontinental network.


“Our hub at the CVG airport is the backbone of our network for the Americas, since it is the central point for shipments in and out of this region where we expect to see continued growth,” said Stephen Fenwick, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “Our new investment this year is an endorsement of our commitment to the Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area and to our business partners who have worked alongside DHL to ensure our continued success.”


The expansion is the latest in a series of investments DHL has made in northern Kentucky. Since 2009, DHL has invested $280 million in its CVG facility including a $47 million expansion in 2012 that included a new 193,000-square-foot large-sort facility and a $46 million investment last year to upgrade its small-sorting equipment, which helped create 130 new jobs.


With more than 2,000 employees in northern Kentucky, DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL, headquartered in Bonn, Germany. The company established its principal U.S. air hub at CVG in 2009.

“DHL’s continued investment and expansion at Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is welcome news for our region’s economy,” said Sen. John Schickel, of Union. “We appreciate the company’s decision to increase its presence in northern Kentucky.”

“I’d like to thank DHL’s leadership for expanding in Boone County and creating new jobs for our residents,” said Rep. Addia Wuchner, of Florence. “Northern Kentucky is a strong logistics epicenter thanks to our central location and DHL’s presence at CVG.”

“I appreciate DHL’s commitment to our region and the new jobs being created in Boone County,” said Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore. “DHL’s newest expansion showcases our international airport and the strength of workforce in northern Kentucky.”

“DHL leads our region as the largest employer in the distribution/e-commerce industry,” said Kenton County Judge-Executive and Tri-ED Board Chair Kris Knochelmann. “Its super hub, one of only three in the world, is a high-tech operation that employs thousands of residents and ships millions of international packages into and out of CVG each night.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in northern Kentucky, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved the company for tax incentives up to $1 million through Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment.


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Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.


A detailed community profile for northern Kentucky can be viewed here.


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